Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Chimay Spéciale Cent Cinquante - Bières de Chimay S.A.

Not Rated.
Chimay Spéciale Cent CinquanteChimay Spéciale Cent Cinquante

Educational use only; do not reuse.

68 Reviews
very good

(Read More)
Reviews: 68
Hads: 315
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 20.14%
Wants: 70
Gots: 85 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 08-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

From the brewery: This special edition is a full bodied and distinctive strong beer developed within the abbey to celebrate and honour the 150th anniversary of the brewery. Produced with 100% natural ingredients,its pale golden robe and champagne sparkle is topped by a rich white head of foam. The distinctive bouquet evokes the rich fruity and complex notes of the Chimay yeast in harmony with a delicate spicy note and the fragrance of fresh noble hops. At 10% alcohol, the flavour is full bodied and complex with a slight but refreshing tang note and a crisp hop finish that will delight the palate.
View: Beers (6) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Chimay Spéciale Cent Cinquante Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 68 | Hads: 315
Photo of roblowther
4.84/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oooh! Special and Chimay! Two of my favorite words. :) Lots of carbonation, it pours a pale straw color with a very active white head. The smell has more pronounced citrus than any Chimay I've had before. Oranges and sugar and lemons. I think that's what someone is made of but I've drank since then. The taste is UNBELIEVABLE! Oranges, biscuits, a little pepper, a little caramel, a hint of wood. It's like a rustic grocery store in a bottle. Mouthfeel is tingly and slick. Like me after I've finished this. Wow. Truly stupendous, the best Chimay I've had.

 557 characters

Photo of AdamBear
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-darker shade of gold. quite bubbly. very nice stable white head.

S-very aromatic from the time the cork is popped. you'll know this is being served if you're in the area. really strong scent of pale belgian spices, grains, and hops. smells like a super strong (not ABV-wise) and super raw tripel. smells awesome.

T-comes in with an amazing taste of pale belgian malts. good amount of hops, warm salty caramel, spices, and banana...and best of all...rawness. the after-taste is matching with a bit more warmth and bitterness.

M-high carbonation with a creamy finish

O-Surprisingly my new favorite Chimay. it's awesome. it's got to be one of the best Belgians I've ever tasted. It's your stereotypical pale Belgian except with increased boldness and a great amount of rawness. hits quickly. might be difficult not to go and buy another bottle, even though it's quite pricey.

 880 characters

Photo of stevoj
4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Special edition from Chimay. Well worth the effort! Nicely crafted. Picked from an outlet in Belgium.. Nice tart aroma of hay and licorice. Taste of summer meadow with some alcohol dryness. This is a treasure!

 209 characters

Photo of MDbiere
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Golden with an impressive white head

S: The nose on this beer is incredible, I mean one of the best for the style. Sweet malt, banana, light peppercorn, citrus, floral.

T: The taste follows the nose, with the sweet malt and spicy peppercorns balancing out nicely. Bananas, herbs, and some nice hop character.

M: Pretty damn smooth, well carbonated, full-bodied.

O: What else could you expect from a brewery like this celebrating their anniversary. Superb

 497 characters

Photo of Aethien
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a Westmalle chalice, it starts off with a formidable clear white head that gradually sinks down to a nice thick film on the beer that leaves plenty of lacing around the glass.

The first thing I smell is cloves, then bready yeast, honey and more cloves as well as a little fruitiness. Some pepper and booziness in the back.

Still a lot of cloves in the taste but not as strong as the nose, plenty of bread, vanilla and banana to keep the cloves company as well as a well pronounced yeast flavour and some pepper, a little liquorice root and flowery tastes in there as well. I'd try naming more but frankly I'm a little overwhelmed by the complexity of the beer, there's just so much going on.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with very noticeable alcohol but without getting syrupy.

Overall this is Chimay white++, stronger, bigger, bolder and more complex. Absolutely amazing and it's reigniting my interest in Belgian style beers.

 943 characters

Photo of COBeerBuff
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blam! As soon as the cage came off, this bottle exploded. Almost a fifth of the bottle came out as foam and made the kitchen smell wonderful! The nose on this beer is sublime. Sweet citrus, lemongrass, fresh herbs, sweet bread, and a bit of peppery spice. Very effervescent on the tongue with a palate very similar to the nose and a nice warming finish. Very Chimay and very, very good!

 386 characters

Photo of mattstrat
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When I saw this at Berman's and realized it's the 150th anniversary beer for Chimay, a world-renowned Trappist brewery, I knew I had to have it. You're literally drinking history with this beer.

Poured out of the bottle and into Chimay chalice glass (glad I had this on hand). The cork popped out quickly and almost immediately I could smell the fruity Belgian aromas that came from so far away. Golden in color with perfect amount of head and excellent lacing. Looks like liquid gold.

The aroma is fruity and estery as you'd expect from Chimay, and the alcohol sits right behind the Belgian funkiness. Definitely picking up some banana and clove aromas and a nice peppery spice. The alcohol aroma is definitely dominating a bit but in a good way.

Upon tasting this beer, I am amazed and enlightened by Chimay's ability to consistently deliver on quality. There is a slight bittnerness up front, and then my taste buds are awakened! An instant burst of pear, banana, and even orange, followed by a flavorful rush of alcohol and a residing bitterness that is very pleasant. This beer goes down very smooth for a 10% abv. Mouthfeel is perfect for this style, and balances the alcohol with a very up-front champagne-like glow. Carbonation fades a bit as the minutes tick by, but it's sitting perfectly in the mix.

I could go on and on about this beer, and it's definitely the best beer I've had in some time. I'm brewing a Saison in the middle of reviewing this beer and it was definitely inspiring. I've never been to Belgium, but I'm living vicariously through this beer, as it has transported me somewhere else in time. There's something about this beer and the fact that Chimay does not release many variations that's really special. The intense fruity aromas, and the balance with hop bitterness and alcohol, combine with a special sort of intensity that must be due to the yeast. This beer is a signature Chimay, but there's something different than the Cinq Cents. It is truly Special and it's probably the best representation of Chimay I've had to date...a Trappist brewery that is alive and well in 2012, at its 150th anniversary, and has many tales to tell through the delivery of this beer.

 2,206 characters

Photo of jondeelee
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Spéciale Cent Cinquante opens to a fruity, spice nose immediately marked by banana and clove Belgian notes. The fruits in here are full and rounded, with bananas, pineapples, mandarin oranges, pears, apples, cherries, and even touches of melon mingling together, made spicier by white pepper and clove. The sugars also bring a lovely thread of homemade caramel, as well as vanilla, brown sugar, and light cream, making the bottle rim sticky. Some hints of kola nut linger in the background, along with toast crust and rising wheat dough. Hops add a tinge of citrusy grapefruit and bitter pine. As a whole, the nose is delicious, coming across like a vanilla bean ice cream sundae drizzled with caramel and fresh fruit, with just a touch of Bailey’s Irish Cream, and makes me want to reach for a spoon.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a surprisingly bitter note, the bananas and cloves joined by pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine, and an almost Flemish-sour note reminiscent of fermented apple cider. The spices are immediately noticeable as well, white pepper and clove biting at the tongue. A good arrangement of alcoholic fruit esters, including mandarin orange, pineapple, banana, pear, and apple add layers of sweetness to help combat the sourness. Toast crust and biscuit float in the background, providing some small level of earthiness. The aftertaste is a continuation of the sour banana and clove notes, joined by a sudden alcoholic waft that floods the nasal cavities, the flavors lingering on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-heavy, fizzing on the tongue.

Overall, this is very good beer, and certainly worthy of a 150th anniversary celebration. Chimay has taken what is already a time-tested recipe and has tweaked it to bring out massive levels of flavor and spice. It says much of the potency of these flavors that not only are they consistent over the course of several mouthfuls, but they do a nice job of masking the 10% ABV, which mainly comes out in the aftertaste, but does add a trifle-like dessert quality to the main flavors. Well worth trying.

 2,123 characters

Photo of emsroth
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle for $25 at joe canals

App: deep gold almost amber. The color of ancient sap. Fluffy was that falls quickly to lace.

Smell: Sweet alcohol rules the aroma. Notes of orange and and the sweetness of blossom honey. A touch of tropical flower. Fruity/floral yeast.

Taste: All I can say is the sweetness of marshmallows dipped in honey with a touch of bitterness. Middle to end is the citrus found in the nose-must be the hops. Occasional dose of sweet alcohol. Honey graham cracker aftertaste. Almost perfect. Could use a bit more bitterness and it's plagued by an overly sugar flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that comes from the malt and carbonation. The bubbles add body then quickly fight to be free, bursting on the tongue to add a refreshing dryness. A bit sticky, but I'll have to try some other tripels and compare.

 835 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep blonde color ale with a super large off-white head with perfect retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of fruity ester with some dry hoppy notes and some sweet Belgian style malt. Taste is a great mix between some dry hoppy notes with some really nice fruity ester with light apricot notes with some light residual candi sugar notes and a solid malt backbone. Body is full with great carbonation and light warming alcohol notes. Chimay is not my favourite Trappist brewery but this beer was well brewed and something I could envision having on a regular basis.

 595 characters

Photo of larryi86
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Chimay glass

A- A clear golden color with a fluffy two finger white head.

S- Bananas, green apples, peppercorn, floral hops, very nice.

T- Like the nose, but ever better. Bananas, green apples, some peppercorns, floral, some alcohol that works well with the flavors, touch of citrus. Great balance of flavors.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body.

O- Very good beer and worthy trying for the price. If you enjoy other Chimay beers you will enjoy this. Probably will pick up another for a special occasion.

 531 characters

Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle at the Smoke & Barrel as part of DC bottle share into a tulip glass. From notes.

A small pour produces quite a super creamy head, white and shocking, rich and full. Fantastic lacing and rivlets on the glass, with a simple golden amber body. Lots of staying power for tha head always leaving a solid puck while drinking.

Great nose on this brew. Light airy malts, with some tripel like density. Sweet bakery bread, and butter, a faint hint of mild cinnamon. Real nice, it's like going to the bakery.

A real nice spicy sweetness when hitting the palate. Wonderful balance of malt and a great sweetness that comes with a buttery feel. White chocolate, a hint of actuall hot pepper and candy on the finish, almost menthol like in action. Flavors are quite powerful somewhat overwhelming, but they are harmoniously balanced nicely. No heat at all for a large 10% abv either.

Overall it's Chimay, what more can you expect? Kripes I want to steal this bottle and take it home for myself!

 1,007 characters

Photo of eric5bellies
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank at t Brugs Beertje with my beer buddy Sam 18/09/2012

A - Pour a clear light straw colour with nice white head that retains well and laces

S - plenaty of citrus, spice and yeast, very spritzy

T - Up front some very nice lemon citrus notes with bread and yeast as well as some nice spice. The finish is an exellent bitterness, perfectly balanced with sweetness. The 10 % is well hidden.

M - Light to medium body with a spritzy carbonation. Great.

O - I really like this beer and its balance, Its very delicate and complex for a Tripel. It tastes rather like a well refined Duvel with a bit of kick. I bought two and will retry in 10 years time !

 654 characters

Photo of weeare138
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy bright orange with a large head of fluff that slowly fades away. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, vanilla, grains of paradise, grass, earthiness, and freshly baked bread.
Taste is of the aromas with a spicy bitterness, and citrus note standing out with pils malt, and sugar.
Mouthfeel is medium bodies, yeasty, chewy, bittersweet, and spices lingering in the finish.

 420 characters

Photo of jrenihan
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer is a cloudy golden colour. Large white head on top. Good retention, and lots of lace is left as the head fades. Looks very nice.

Strong lemon smell in the nose, as well as a hint of lime, unusually. Yeast and bread. Banana. Floral, perfume like. Very nice.

Taste contains a bunch of banana, a good amount of yeast and bread, and some light fruit flavours that are hard to pick out. Lemon. Some spice in the finish (a bit of white pepper), but not as much as the regular White Cap.

Mouthfeel is impressive. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Incredibly soft and creamy, just velvety.

Overall, excellent. A very nice modification to Chimay White. I am a big tripel fan and am very happy with this one.

 712 characters

Photo of Agent1
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Before going any further, this is a bottle I was anticipating for quite some time. It was rumored that this was coming out, so I was quite excited. Given Chimay's history, it is bound to impress. I have been anticipating this "150th Anniversary" Tripel!

Appearance - Incredible head. Glistening and piercing white. A rich, gold color with a subtle orange hue. The head retention is good, but normalizes rather quickly. When first poured out slowly, it layers thick and quickly. Once it settles, it holds for a long period of time but does not keep the 2 1/4 fingers it originally poured, and then settles into a one inch bed of creamy foam. Very active carbonation, too. Letting this warm, it has sat for over 25 minutes and has barely budged. Very impressive!

Smell - Fresh bread. Immediately, the smell of yeast and bread take the forefront. Vanilla, cloves, coriander, orange peel, fresh hops (northern hops, mostly), complex spices and fruits. Very potent and anything but simple.

Taste - Bread -- lots of bread. A strong vanilla aftertaste is noticeable. Sugar coated mango strips, fresh yeast (again the bread), subtle lemon, peach (most likely created by the yeast and sugars), elderberry, jasmine tea, white sugar, flowers and coriander. Wow. Also, it is important to note here that the grain seem to stand out more than usual. This might be in part to a more efficient or concentrated mash, creating more initial sugars and a more concentrated grain flavor off the bat. Definitely more grains in the taste compared to that of the regular Cinq Cents.

Mouthfeel - The 10% definitely cuts compared to any other brew by Chimay. Definitely less disguised. The alcohol is not nearly as hidden as it is in Chimay White or Blue, yet still somehow manages to sneak by...but barely. You can feel this all over the palate. Very syrupy and chewy or thick, but the sugars are still balanced by all the bittering hops. Very nice.

Overall - More than anything, this is an attempt as showcasing Chimay's classic yeast strain that they strategically developed. It is more bready than anything they have ever done in the past and for that, I feel it is pure genius. Also, this is Chimay White Cap on steroids. The alcohol hits hard. For what it is intended to be, I might favor this more than most people. Again, this showcases the grains, the yeast created by Father Theodore in the 40s and the natural sugars. It is a celebration and therefore, I am scoring it higher than others. I will need to pick up a few more bottles for aging before this is gone. I highly recommend this incredible 150th anniversary beer.

 2,614 characters

Photo of Marc_V
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Belgian Beer Shop.com. Colour: first clear golden, at the end of the bottle hazy. The head is slightly off white, soapy, moderately stable with nice lacing. The aroma is pretty amazing and unique, filled with fruits (banana, pineapple, orange, mango) and floral notes. It’s sweet with licorice, spicy and the hops also are clearly present. This is one of the most complex smells I’ve ever experienced. The taste afterwards is a bit of a dissappointment but nevertheless very good: yeasty, fresh, bitter sweet and fruity. It has got a medium dry aftertaste; the finish makes me think of champagne. Alcohol presence is detectable but not too overwhelming. Overal: this is a complex and unique beer that’s very different from the other Chimay beers.

 764 characters

Photo of Brabander
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was bought @ Dranken Geers in Oostakker, Belgium, about two months ago. This is a celebration beer, made special for the 150 year anniversary. The beer is in a nice 75 cl bottle.

Poured in my Struise Brouwers glass this beer looks wonderfull. Powerfull with lots of carbonation and a three finger big head with some bigger bubbles. After one minute the head is only a centimeter with some lacing in the glass. Fluid is a bit darker yellow.

Smell of banana.

Taste is rich and full, the 10 ABV gives this beer the right strenght. Good beer!

 551 characters

Photo of axeman9182
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Chimay's Speciale Cent Cinquante pours a crystal clear goldenrod. Almost three fingers of fluffy white foam crown the beer. Neither head retention nor lacing are quite up to the standards of the best tripels. The nose is wonderfully complex. Pale fruits, spicy phenols, a warming alcohol note, and a floral presence all intermingle beautifully. I just wish the aroma was a little bit more potent. The flavor is similarly complex. Waves of pear and apple open things up, before a sharp phenol character that's more pepper than clove comes into play. The finish is a beautiful synthesis of this floral note that I don't usually find in tripels (maybe from the hops?) and a very pleasantly warming alcohol sensation that's almost a little bit fruity. I couldn't ask for anything more from the mouthfeel. The beer is superbly dried out for being 10% ABV, and it's paired with a lively carbonation that absolutely sparkles on my palate. Speciale Cent Cinquante is a beer worthy of honoring Chimay's 150th anniversary, and it's one of the very best tripels I've had. That said, I don't know if I can say it would be worth the ~$25 per bottle price tag on a regular basis, as there are other very good tripels out there for half the price. Still, I'm glad I tried a bottle.

 1,320 characters

Photo of superspak
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature chalice; 12993 cork code, 2012 bottling. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Beautiful looking brew. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, coriander, cardamom, candi sugar, honey, light bubblegum, and earthy yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters with moderate malt balance; and moderate spices. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, coriander, cardamom, honey, candi sugar, light bubblegum, floral, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, clove, coriander, honey, candi sugar, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with moderate spicing that isn’t overdone; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Tripel! Great balance and complexity of yeast ester flavors with moderate malt and spice balance; and very smooth to sip on for a 10% brew. A highly enjoyable offering.

 1,460 characters

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

14th Dec 2012: the day before the annual Christmas Beer Festival in Essen.

The Oud Arsenaal in Antwerp is where a few regular fest goers have a pre-fest meet-up: this is where my wife and I shared a 0.75 bottle of this fine beer with each other.

Mini-haze to our golden/pale amber bodied beer, the head a full foaming covering of white bubbles.

The nose was a true mixed bag of goodies: yeast, fresh fruit, candid fruit and spices.

The taste was also an eclectic blend of flavours: too many to list, but full of interesting notes to find and enjoy. OK, I'll list a few things I found: earthy yeast, pepper, biscuity malts, citrus hints, wood and nuts.

Loved the whole thing.

 679 characters

Photo of rdickey
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear but somewhat dark gold into a Chimay goblet. A beautiful fine white head sits on top. And sits. And sits. As it finally dissipates it leaves uniform sheets of lacing.

Smell: Bready malts come across first, followed by cloves, black pepper and about a dozen other things I can’t even hope to identify. The booze is very obvious. Obviously this is going to be a complex one.

Taste: The bread from the nose continues right into the mouth, but there’s a lot more as well: candied sugar, coriander, a dash of black pepper, a little lemon, the classic Chimay yeast and a dash of bubble gum. Extraordinarily complex, and it’s amazing that they were able to get this all to work together. In the hands of anything other than a true master brewer, this could be a train wreck, but instead it’s a thing of beauty.

Mouthfeel: Huge and almost chewy, and the alcohol is not at all hidden. Nevertheless, it manages to finish crisply.

Drinkability: This is obviously not one you toss back on the lawnmower, and the ridiculous ABV it wears on its sleeve counsel caution, but it’s quite drinkable. Just… slowly.

 1,136 characters

Photo of peensteen
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy blonde, two fingers dense white head, lots of lace left over as well. Smell is fruity with lots of apple and banana, spicy, very nice yeasty scents, bubble gum and some lightly earthy/grassy hops as well. Taste is full of fruits, more bubble gum witha mild sweetness, banana, apple, yeasty and spicy flavours make this dry mid palate into the finish, faint notes of alcohol, good complexity and mix of flavours. Light-medium carbonation, medium-full body and quite solid overal. This was pretty stellar stuff, one of the better Tripel's I have had in recent memory, solid anniversary beer.

 594 characters

Photo of dbrauneis
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy medium straw yellow in color with some lighter notes of golden yellow. The beer has a two finger tall dense white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale malts with significant amounts of lemon citrus and banana. As it warms there are notes of clove and light fruits (pear and apple).

T: More sweetness in the taste of this beer than I normal associate with the style with moderate amounts of light fruit sweetness (apple and pear), lemon citrus, and banana. Lighter amounts of pale malts and hints of yeast. More spiciness than I would normally expect.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Nice celebration/anniversary beer - feels like a more agressive version of the normal Chimay tripel. I like the spicier and more lemony version. Definitely an enjoyable beer but significantly more expensive than the regular version - worth trying once but nothing something I would buy many bottles.

 1,139 characters

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Huge white head. Hazy orange. Head settles to a pillow of foam and clings inside the glass. Chunky and uneven foam around the edges.

Smell - Lots of phenols. Banana and yeasty esters. Pale malt, pushing into a little bit of fruitiness.

Taste - Bananas dominate. Lots of banana esters. A little bit of citrus, but not enough to be the centerpiece. Fair bit of alcohol in the flavor as well. Sweet in the middle, but finishes dry.

Mouthfeel - Heavy for a tripel. Malty with medium carbonation makes it seem creamy instead of crisp.

Overall - Definitely not worth the price. I expected something remarkable from Chimay, so my expectations were high.

Edit, 1 year later: This is now fantastic. Fruity, light coconut, bready. Delicious. Changing my rating to reflect the dramatic difference. Previous rating was a 3.66.

 896 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Chimay Spéciale Cent Cinquante from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.